We love everything about the Audubon community. We have a new Principal who supports an inclusive environment and is willing to give the parents an opportunity to partake in all aspects of the school from volunteering inside the building, coaching after school activities to helping create a vision that leads to the success for all students. In addition, the teachers and staff at our school are phenomenal...we support them in everything that they do! Audubon is definitely a "gem" of a public school on the North Side!
The teachers are excellent and the administration is great at involving parents in the school. There is a lot of community support for the school, including from Roscoe Village, and really nice families. Audubon has full-time art and music teachers, unlike almost all of the other CPS schools.
Homework should have been lessened or eliminated for the younger grades (esp. K - 3rd). Homework should be eliminated completely for the weekends. School is very academic these days so it seems it may lead to burn-out and a lot of kids seem generally exhausted.
Audubon instills a belief system called "The Audubon Way" in which students are called upon to ensure their peers are behaving and acting appropriately and fair at all times. They have a monthly Upstander award that the students select a fellow student who embodies the Audubon Way.
Audubon is a supportive learning community for all students. Being a member of this unique community means:
setting and pursuing personal learning goals
striving for excellence in all academic areas
displaying kindness and acceptance of all students and peers
accepting and celebrating differences among all people
developing and using creativity to learn and solve problems
exhibiting courteous and helpful behaviors toward students, teachers, community member and guests of our school.
These characterisits are the manifestation of “the Audubon Way."
Audubon is amazing! Not only a high-quality educational experience, developing the whole child by focusing on inclusion, differentiated learning and social emotion well-being, but because of the amazing dedicated community, comprised of excellent staff, teachers, parents, support staff, and community partners. Audubon is truly a gem of a neighborhood school and different from several of the other north side CPS K-8 schools because it is smaller, with an average of 520 students total - what this means is that there are 2-3 classes per grade level and so your child gets to know everyone within their grade level and you as a parent develop relationships with other parents. The parent community is so significantly committed and engaged in the school, and truly look out for every individual child, offering a unique and highly valuable support system for raising a child in a city. If I am running late, I easily text another parent to ask them to pick up my kid from school and it's done. Playdates occur on a daily basis. When families have new babies, classmates deliver lasagna to your doorstop. When there is hardship and trauma in families, your child's peers and their parents all chip in to show support. Audubon is at the heart of Roscoe Village, truly a village within a city - everyone walks to/from school, parents are always outside chatting, developing lifelong friendships and this has a tremendous impact on the students. They are more confident, agile, adaptive, well-adjusted and socially-emotionally healthy kids. I would highly recommend that you come check out Audubon today! We just hired a new principal, Ms. Meghan Duffy, a phenomenal educator and exemplary leader, dedicated to the students and staff. She brings her enthusiasm, experience and organizational leadership to making Audubon excellent every day!